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  • File Size: 872 KB
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  • Publication Date: December 4, 2013
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  • Language: English
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Poirier on September 11, 2013
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Now this is how it should be done. No holds-barred interviews with people involved in the history of a show. Authors that want to investigate what went wrong with the genre of soaps should read this book and learn from it. Who better to ask about the history of the show than the people involved? Hopefully the author will do a similar book on other shows and personalities involved. If you want to learn how certain decisions were made and why, this is great learning tool. Congratulations on a job well-done.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen on September 30, 2013
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When I first heard about this project, I was very excited. And Jeff Giles did not disappoint. I've loved OLTL for years and years. I have always been fascinated by its history and love love LOVE behind the scenes looks at how the show was put together. This book has all of the above in spades. My only complaint would be that it ended too soon. Jeff, can you put together a "Part Two" from the stuff left on the editing room floor (and go back and re-interview JDP with no tech problems)? I cannot praise this book enough. Every fan of OLTL should read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pearlman on January 5, 2014
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In the annals of bookdom, I've never seen a book that doesn't have page numbers. It's not a deal-breaker, but that really surprised me. Keep bookmarks handy or prepare to flip around like crazy if you want to find anything again.

Anyway, Jeff Giles did a fantastic job tracking down both past and present cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes view of the show that so many of us loved/love for so long. I've been OLTL-intensive lately, with this book and a backlog of DVR'd old episodes from the now-cancelled SoapNet.

There is plenty of input from Erika Slezak, the wonderful anchor of the show. I can't believe we've seen the last of the many adventures of Viki. And at times here, she's surprisingly sassy! There's somewhat less of other favorites like Bob Woods, Robin Strasser, Hillary B. Smith, and other cornerstones of latter-day OLTL, but they are in the mix. It was fun seeing who'd pop up with a comment as you progress through the chapters. Among many favorites, I was glad to hear from Michael Storm, Anthony Call, and Marilyn Chris. I was disappointed that Larry and Herb didn't stay, and it's equally disappointing to read that they were unhappy about their treatment at the end of their runs.

A special note of gratitude for the acknowledgment of Gerald "Marco Dane" Anthony's time on the show. Marco was a favorite character of mine, and I'd been hoping he'd return to the show when news broke of his passing several years ago. Many of those who worked with him provided details about what it was like working with him...apparently not always easy, but always interesting.

Generally, the book traces the big storylines of the show over the years, such as Carla's posing as a white person, Jenny's baby switch, Karen's secret life, and Viki's DID.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KDMask VINE VOICE on September 18, 2013
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What a great book. I wasn't expecting it to be so through and interesting. The fact that the book was conceived after the author interviewed Paul Glass, the music director for the show, provides an unique perspective I've not seen before. This isn't just another "soap book". The chapters are unique; each actor comments on certain aspects of the program (or some juicy gossip) so we get to hear their thoughts on every subject. It's like listening to a round table with everyone giving their 2 cents worth. One of my favorite chapters "Faster and Harder" deals with the changing production and scripts that they have dealt with over the years. They talk about block taping which has always fascinated me. For trivia buffs there are a lot of great nuggets like Ilene Kristen getting hired the day before 9/11 and Roscoe Born loved to eat at McDonald's for years. If you have a OLTL fan on your Christmas list, grab this book! If you ARE a OLTL fan, you will love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Calloway's on September 12, 2013
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I was delighted and thrilled to finally read this book. When I heard about it being written I was thrilled-I grew up watching this show and the memories of it then are still with me, even as I have continued to keep up with it to it's most recent incarnation on the web. It did not dissapoint-I can't think of any other instance where such a long running show has been so thoroughly researched and examined by those involved. The book also has a good balanced viewpoint-everyone involved had different opinions so it stands to reason. The insight from folks like Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, Michael Storm, and more really takes one back to the good old days while at the same time illuminating what went on behind the scenes. It is naturally hard for an account of a 45 year show to be totally thorough, but this book does an amazing job of trying. All the many different eras of the show were represented very well and credit really was given where credit was due. The only really consistent thing has been that the show is about Vicki and her family-it became the Buchanans show in the 80's and of course became a great deal also Todd Manning's show from the 90's onward-but the book helps put it all in place and highlights why the show has lasted so long; great actors, great writing, and an overall show history that is fascinating. If you've ever been a daytime soap fan and have any fond memories of Viki, Clint, Bo, Asa, Dorian, and so on from throughout the years in Llanview-this is definitely a great read, and one to revisit time and again.
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